Thirty-thousand souls at the bottom of a county near the bottom of the state. Wikipedia explains the name: "The fort was named after Colonel (later General) Stephen W. Kearny.  The "e" was added by mistake sometime afterwards by postmen who consistently misspelled the town name; eventually it just stuck."

Let's wander around on this summer day in good old Nebraska.

You know, I don’t think that grid corresponds to the windows of the original.
Bonus: crappy 60s / early 70s faux stone! But 1908, for proud historical authenticity.
On an otherwise undistinguished building I didn’t snap, our old friend:
The off-the-shelf Sullivanesque detail, possibly cast in concrete.
he most dreaded of the Buckaroo Revival indignities:
The flat facade, like they threw a huge owl at the building.
The most dreaded of the Buckaroo Revival indignities:
The flat facade, like they threw a huge owl at the building.
Ah! Nice. Different buildings that once obviously had a single tenant.
On the left, NASH

From this Flickr page:

W.L. Nash was a stock dealer who had offices on the second floor. The street level was first the Russell & Jakway Hardware Store. In 1935 the Tripp and Nash buildings combined into the

Kearney Hardware which continued into the 1970’s. Owners of the Home Thyme antiques, Matthew and Evelyn Seip, received a grant to renovate the facade of the building in 2014, hence their initials on the facade at the top.

The store had to have a big name to demand so large a canvas:
An old building with a post-war mask, of course.
A nice survivor.

The building on the left replaced something grand, which you can see in this nice panorama.

Let's go closer.

So . . . that arch never sheltered a door.

Unless people had to jump.

Wonder what E. G. Tunks is up to. Googling . . . ah! Tunks was the mayor.

In 1955.

They managed to Buckaroo the back end, and screw up the bricks as long as they were at it.

And here we discover . . . it's two buildings. Or one, built in two phases.


All together now: OUMB.
No, no reason why could use glass up there, and give the building the appearance of something that was still vital and engaged:

Looks like a big slot machine.

As for the man who made it: HENLINE.

Built by Stephen A Douglas Henline, 1860 - 1933. (Grave here.) He was 28 when he got it done!


Swank signage on the Henline side:
Do they have an extra door for people too drunk to operate a knob, and just want to walk from inside to outside without impediment:
City Hall: gorgeous moderne. That’s all
If I did have to say something more, it looks as if the two wings of the building were compressing the middle and making the filling come out of the jelly donut, but I won't.
I’m presuming it’s not a theater anymore.
Unless that’s what they call movie patrons there, and serve them steamed hams.
You might be surprised to learn it’s an AM talk radio station. Some syndicated content, but local shows as well: good for them!
Heart, soul, and voice of small towns, these stations.
The World:
Cinema Treasures page here, with some old shots from the Jolson era.
Could this little classical sweetie be any more self-contained:
Museum now, but it was originally the post office.
This one’s original. Unchanged!

Gorgeous, and they know it.

Nice little place, Kearney.